Thanks to a tip from jessi_leigh, I've found a new love. Specifically, I've found the handmade crafy items of http://mathilde.etsy.com/. Plush screaming carrots. Happy thundercloud pins. Eight-legged tranvestites. Big honkin' happy play knives. Clever and vegan. They're just brilliant, and the artist has her own crafting journal at parsnippity with more pictures of her creations.